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been declared space day by california governor jerry brown who will be visiting jpl and meeting with the rover team later on. in the meantime, we'll start with our panel. and we're going to introduce them first of all we have michael mief michael meyer, the lead scientist for the mars program in washington. pete tisinger, the msl project manager for jpl and we have roger weans, los alamos national laboratory in new mexico. matt heverly is next, here at jpl and roger weans then is the principle investigator at cem in los alamos in new mexico, last but not least, joy crisp, the deputy project scientist at jpl. we'll start off with a special announcement this morning from michael meyer. >> well, thank you. actually, before i make the announcement, which i think all of you will enjoy, i would like to show you a short video. this video was made on the eve of the arrival at mars of mariner 9. this was in november of 1971, and in the video you'll see a couple of people you might recognize like bruce murray and carl seguin and ray bradbury. so if we could look at that video. >> i was ho
-- in the michigan, team chief from jpl. and dougie ellison, visualization producer at jpl, and we will begin with michael watkins. >> a very good morning. we had another fantastic day on mars. curiosity continues to behave basically flawlessly. and executing all the planned activities successfully and phenomenal yesterday. a good time for me to point out that the team operating curiosity is performing basically it flawlessly and completing of planned activities. this is really just a great day all around. so the activity consists of a couple of different things. we are about to -- it would like to upgrade our software on the rover, just like we upgrade our uprighted system under on computer and laptop. we're going to do the same thing. we need a fellow that is optimized. we landed on one that is optimized for lending. but the same token the surface does not have the land the vehicle. you want to switch to this new flight software that is optimized for surface operations, and we're going to do that starting tomorrow. so a little prep work for that activity. we're going to check out the back u
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